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Cheerleading is a sport

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Started: 3/24/2016 Category: Sports
Updated: 8 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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alyssa725

Pro

Cheerleading is a sport because of the physical activity involved, and it meets all the requirements to be a sport.
TheConservativeSocialist

Con

Before I begin, allow me to provide some definitions provided by the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Sport: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Cheerleader: a person who is a member of a group (typically a group of young women) who shout out special songs or chants to encourage the team and entertain the crowd during a game in sports like American football and basketball.

The dictionary definition of cheerleading has absolutely nothing related to the dictionary definition of sport, therefore, I have already proven that cheerleading is currently not a sport. But perhaps that is not enough.

According to an article on the official website of ESPN written by a former cheerleader as well as the NCAA, the National Federation of State High Schools, and the Women's Sports Foundation, a sport must "include some focus on competition". By definition, cheerleading has nothing to do with physical exertion nor is it very competitive; for something to be considered cheerleading, all one must do is "shout out special songs or chants to encourage the team and entertain the crowd during a game in sports like American football or basketball".

Also, according to cheerleading,lovetoknow.com, the Department of Education "actually told schools not to include cheerleading as a sport". Why? Because cheerleading creates a gender bias considering it appeals almost completely to girls and is almost completely rejected by guys.
Debate Round No. 1
alyssa725

Pro

Here are the requirements in order for an activity to be a sport.
* A physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of a mass.
We throw 100-130 lb flyers into the air BOY OR GIRL...so check that one off
* "Contesting" or competing against/with an opponent.
There is competitive and school cheer, both can compete...Check that off too
* Governed by the rules which explicitly define the time, space and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared.
We are on a mat for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, there is your time, We have a 9 panel floor, and if we step off, its bad, like football or soccer, there's your boundaries, and there is first, second, third, and sometimes fourth place...therefore a winner is declared....Nationally, state wide, or district wide
* Acknowledged primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants.
W are not allowed to compete in a division if it doesn't have our skill level, therefore there is comparison in skills

Take another look at your Merriam Webster Dictionary argument!
TheConservativeSocialist

Con

Let's go back to one of the definitions I provided:

Cheerleader: a person who is a member of a group (typically a group of young women) who shout out special songs or chants to encourage the team and entertain the crowd during a game in sports like American football and basketball.

By definition, cheerleading has NOTHING to do with competition, physical exertion, or anything else you mentioned. The activity you are talking about is NOT cheerleading based on the DEFINITION of cheerleading itself.

When a FORMER CHEERLEADER WRITING FOR ESPN, the NCAA, the National Federation of State High Schools, and the Women's Sports Foundation all claim that cheerleading is not a sport, I don't think cheerleading is a sport. When the Department of Education tells schools NOT to list cheerleading as a sport because of a gender bias (go back to the definition I provided and look at the words 'TYPICALLY A GROUP OF YOUNG WOMEN') , I don't think cheerleading is a sport.

The activity you just discussed is NOT cheerleading - it may be a variation of cheerleading and you may refer to it as cheerleading - but by definition, it is NOT cheerleading. If the Merriam-Webster dictionary were wrong or contradicted popular belief than it would be changed by now. But it appears the majority accepts this definition, and by this definition, cheerleading is not a sport.
Debate Round No. 2
alyssa725

Pro

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TheConservativeSocialist

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Zebracakes 8 months ago
Zebracakes
Cheerleading is a sport, thank you very much.
Posted by random_noob 8 months ago
random_noob
Of course it is.
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